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Strauss Accusers Back Epstein Accuser In Letter To Ohio Inspector General

A group of former Ohio State students detail their stories of alleged sexual abuse by Richard Strauss, a longtime sports doctor, before the Ohio State Board of Trustees on November 16.
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A group of former Ohio State students detail their stories of alleged sexual abuse by Richard Strauss, a longtime sports doctor, before the Ohio State Board of Trustees on November 16.

Five former Ohio State wrestlers who say they were abused by former team doctor Richard Strauss, want Ohio’s inspector general to open investigations related to Jeffery Epstein.

The letter calls on state investigators to look into Abigail Wexner’s role after Jeffrey Epstein's alleged assault of a woman named Maria Farmer. The Strauss accusers say Wexner held Farmer at the family's New Albany estate.  Wexner is married to L Brands CEO Les Wexner and serves as vice chair of the Ohio State University Board of Trustees.

The wrestlers argue the failure of local officials to pursue Farmer’s allegations are similar to OSU's lack of action on their complaints about Strauss. In the letter they say they first brought their concerns to Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost and U.S. Attorney David DeVillers. Yost told them he couldn’t intervene without a local prosecutor’s invitation and DeVillers never responded.

In addition, the letter calls for a probe of Epstein’s broader relationship with Ohio State. They cite contributions Epstein made to help fund the Les Wexner Football Facility on Ohio State’s campus.

Ohio State officials declined to comment on the matter because the letter was not addressed to the school.